Performs a system state recovery to a location and from a backup that you specify.

  • This subcommand applies only to Windows Server 2008.
  • Windows Server Backup does not back up or recover registry user hives (HKEY_CURRENT_USER) as part of system state backup or system state recovery.

To perform a system state recovery with this subcommand, you must be a member of the Backup Operators group or the Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate permissions. In addition, you must run wbadmin from an elevated command prompt. (To open an elevated command prompt, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.)

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


wbadmin start systemstaterecovery
[-backupTarget:{<VolumeName> | <NetworkSharePath>}]


Parameter Description


Specifies the version identifier for the backup to recover in MM/DD/YYYY-HH:MM format. If you do not know the version identifier, type wbadmin get versions.


Reports the summary of the last system state recovery (after the restart required to complete the operation). This parameter cannot be accompanied by any other parameters.


Specifies the storage location that contains the backup or backups you want to recover. Useful when the storage location is different from where the backups of this computer are usually stored.


Specifies the name of the computer that you want to recover the system state for. Useful when multiple computers have been backed up to the same location. Should be used when -backupTarget is specified.


Specifies the directory to restore to. Useful if the backup is restored to an alternate location.


If used, performs an authoritative restore of SYSVOL (the System Volume shared directory).


Runs the subcommand with no prompts to the user.


  • To perform a system state recovery of the backup from 03/31/2005 at 9:00 A.M., type:

    wbadmin start systemstaterecovery -version:03/31/2005-09:00
  • To perform a system state recovery of the backup from 04/30/2005 at 9:00 A.M. that is stored on the shared resource \\servername\share for server01, type:

    wbadmin start systemstaterecovery -version:04/30/2005-09:00 -backupTarget:\\servername\share -machine:server01

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